Interpreter Preparation Program
Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
The Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) ASL/ENGLISH is a program of study leading to an Associate in Science degree. The purpose of the program is to provide quality interpreter education in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary endeavor, focusing on preparing interpreters and transliterators of ASL and English. The professional career program is a comprehensive, sequenced, and integrated series of courses that is intended to provide students with the necessary techniques and skills required for professional work as interpreters. Graduates are encouraged to continue with their education, however, by transferring to baccalaureate degree programs. Students already possessing a college degree may transfer in applicable credits to satisfy the General Education Requirements. NCCC has the only post-secondary degree program in interpreter preparation in Connecticut. IPP graduates who also pass the RID written test satisfy the Connecticut State Statute to interpret in certain settings. Please reference State of CT Amendment LCO No. 4839, Section 68 for details.
Program Prerequisites: To learn effectively to interpret between two languages, one must already be fluent in both languages and have a working knowledge of the two cultures she or he will mediate. Therefore, entrance requirements to the program are completion of ALL of the following courses: DSC* 110 Orientation to Deafness; DSC* 114 Intro to Deaf People & Deaf Culture I, and fluency in American Sign Language (usually the equivalent of 3-4 semesters) as evidenced by a screening tool. This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years